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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Saturday, March 29, 2014

Hello Headliners. It's the birthday of Dirk McQuickly, also known as Eric Idle. As one of the members of Monty Python, Idle loved the Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear.
Let's waste no more time and get right to today's Headlines Du Jour:

IN LGBT NEWS:


Gay marriages have begun
in England and Wales!


U.S. recognizes Michigan's same-sex marriages


THE "O" IN GOP STANDS FOR OBNOXIOUS:


Wisc. Republican accuses
Dem of ‘murdering’
grandkid to deflect cat leg-breaking conviction



TODAY IN INCOME INEQUALITY:


A Nation of Takers

10 Poverty Myths, Busted
No, single moms aren't the problem.
And neither are absentee dads.

TODAY IN RELIGION:


Pastor charged with sexual
battery claims devil ‘motivated
his mind’ in motel attack


MORE DISPATCHES FROM DETROIT, 'MERKA'S FIRST THROWAWAY CITY:


Study cites Metro Detroit
as high-tech hotbed



THE ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORK:


Facebook "Friend"
Burglarizes Vacationers: Police


TODAY IN FLOR-I-DUH:


400-lb. Florida cop charged with posing as teen girl online to get sex pics from boys

CRACK MAYOR CORNER:


Prankster wants to hire someone to follow Rob Ford around with a tuba

BONUS: CRACK MAYOR CARTOON


FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Fox’s Geraldo Rivera: Crooked politicians on the Democratic side ‘tend to be ethnic’

IN INNER SPACE:


Prisoners 'could serve 1,000 year sentence in eight hours'

VIDEO DU JOUR:


This is EXACTLY how all the 24-hour tee vee news
channels covered the Malaysian Airliner tragedy:



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Friday, March 28, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Friday, March 28, 2014

Hello Headliners! It's the King of Jazz's birthday. Paul Whiteman is the orchestra leader who commissioned George Gershwin to write Rhapsody in Blue and hired Bing Crosby as his boy singer back in 1926. George, along with his brother Ira, loved the Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
Let's get right to today's Headlines Du Jour:

IN LGBT NEWS:


Mozillagate grows

LGBT RIP

SCOTUS WATCH:


A Decision In Favor Of Hobby Lobby Will
Equal a License For Religious Tyranny


FREE THE WEED!!!


Medical Marijuana User Relieved
He Can Still Grow At Home


These States Are Ready To Break The Marijuana Taboo In The Conservative South

Industrial hemp research
bill passes in Nebraska


Legalize Canada: New Activist
Group Targets Key Ridings To
Elect Pro-Marijuana Candidates


THE "G" IN GOP STANDS FOR GOYIM:


The Sheldon Primary:
No Welcome Mat for the Tea Party


ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD:


India officially declared polio-free

CLIMATE CHANGE CORNER:


Weathermen Blown Away (Literally) By Massive Blizzard

TODAY IN INCOME INEQUALITY:


Former CEO: There Is
No One Representing
Low-Wage Workers


$1 trillion student loan
debt widens US wealth gap


'Nuns on the Bus' Leader
on Income Inequality



Fixing one driver of inequality may hit
close to home for some progressives


It's okay: Only one of them was shot!

PALIN POLITICAL WATCH:


2016 report: Sarah Palin's possible
presidential run gaining traction



ANOTHER DISPATCH FROM DETROIT, 'MERKA'S FIRST THROWAWAY CITY:


No Suprise: Detroit Listed as
Most Segregated City in America



BONUS
Top 10 Most Segregated Cities in the U.S.


The Falafel King: Outstanding!
East Room, White House

LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Congresswoman Barbara Lee Responds To O'Reilly's "Divisive" "Race Hustler" Attack

Chris Hayes: ‘Bill O’Reilly
Is a Pretty Accomplished
Race-Baiter Himself’


O’Reilly Blames Ignorant
Americans For Obama’s
Positive Poll Result


IN INNER SPACE:


In a first, scientists create
artificial chromosome

Scientists have built from scratch the
world's first synthetic chromosome
of a eukaryote, incorporating it
into brewer's yeast.

IN OUTER SPACE:


Mars-Bound Comet Sprouts Twin
Jets in Hubble Telescope Photos


Scientists solve riddle
of celestial archaeology


Capturing Halley's Comet:
An Astronomy Tale


VIDEO DU JOUR:




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Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Tee Vee Newsroom Race to the Bottom

The weeks of uncertainty and ultimate tragedy of Malaysian Airliner MH370 has -- once again -- brought into our homes the utter failure of 'Merkin Tee Vee News. The ravenous viewing audience tuned in seeking answers. Because there were no answers, we were fed a non-stop diet of BS, speculation, and out-right crazy talk. Even worse: The ratings went up.

No real surprise, however, if you've been paying the least bit of attention. Every major BREAKING NEWS story in recent years has demonstrated how far is the distance is between Edward R. Morrow and Megyn Kelly. Between Walter Cronkite and Don Lemon. Between Huntley-Brinkley and Mika and Morning Joe.

Conclusive proof I worked on BreakfastTelevision because
it's not like you could just buy these mugs at the Citytv store.
But, before I rip them all a well-deserved new one, let me put forth my bona fides: I've been a professional writer for some 40+ years. I've been everything from investigative journalist to Queen's Park Correspondent; from writing record reviews, to interviews with Rock and Roll Royalty, to band bios, to corporate brochures, to software manuals. I have often joked that the only writing I've never done is the Greeting Card.*

However, what really qualifies me as a reputable critic of tee vee news is the decade I spent as a News Writer at CityPulse, the Citytv News Room in Toronto. During that period I cycled through every news show Citytv had. At one time or another I wrote for Weekend Pulse, CityPulse at 6, CityPulse at 10, and LunchTelevision. However, my longest residency, of 8 years or so, was on BreakfastTelevision.

Tee vee news was changing during my time in CityPulse, to be sure. Tee vee news was always about brevity, but during my decade in a newsroom it became even more condensed. When I began the rule of thumb for a "clip" -- whatever a person says when you stick a mic in front of their face -- was to try and keep it to 20 seconds. If it was a really good clip, you might be able to stretch it, but you better get permission from a producer first. When I left a decade later, clips were deemed best if they clocked in under 10 seconds.

Scripts also became shorter. One morning I was assigned a story on Israel. "Give me 60 words!" demanded my producer. But, a lot of things had happened in Israel overnight. I summed up the skirmishes with 20 seconds of choppy language. Like this paragraph. The rule of thumb: anchors average 3 words a second, only the rare anchor speaks faster.

[That paragraph was 60 words.]

However, no matter how short scripts might get, truth and honesty were still the pillars that held up the entire structure. We didn't speculate.

I'm using this New York Post front page not to
illustrate a Not Now Silly post about tee vee news.
That would be silly. I'm doing it to promote my daily
look at the headlines called Headlines Du Jour. And,
because the Post is owned by News Corp.
These days tee vee news has become a Speculator's Market. We only need to go back 11 months, to the lock down following the Boston Marathon Bombing. All the stations filled endless hours with the rankest of fear-mongering and speculation. Having to fill vast amounts of time without any concrete information creates a syndrome in which the anchors' mouths detaches from their brains. You never know what crazy shit might tumble out of their mouths.

Under the theory that even a stopped clock is right twice a day, it was inevitable that with so many conspiracy theories some were right. Then came more fear-mongering and speculation about the lives of the accused terrorists.

The exact same thing is happened with the Malaysian airliner. Worse yet, once Malaysia announced the plane had gone into the ocean with no survivors, the speculation and fear-mongering only continued: WAS IT TERRORISM?!?!?! And, if that turns out to be the case, these MoFos will use that to continue to fear-monger. It's the vast circle of life.

However, I don't want to make it seem that this all just started yesterday, or last year, or the year before. If I were forced to peg a date on when the Tee Vee Newsroom Race to the Bottom™ began, it would be October 7, 1996, the day the Fox "News" Channel went on the air. Prior to that CNN, with Darth Vader's voice, ruled the airwaves as far as 24-hours news channels go. It had become staid and square. But, it was the most trusted name in news, as its slogan told us.

The Tee Vee Newsroom Race to the Bottom™ really started the day Australian press baron Rupert Murdoch married Roger Ailes and the worst of their DNA birthed the Fox "News" Channel. By then Murdoch already won the race to the bottom among the British print medium. Ailes, on the other hand, was a political animal, for the most part, but he understood the power of television to shape opinion. He helped Richard Nixon get elected and was a long-time GOP operative, whether he was actually on the GOP payroll, or not. And, he was during a lot of that time.

IRONY ALERT: Now pollsters say Fox "News" is the "most trusted name in news" with CNN the least. Proof of the efficacy of what's described in the next paragraph.

Fox "News" started its operation by spreading lies. One need not examine the news stories for the lies. It's all in the framework constructed. Start with the empty slogan "Fair & Balanced." Thinking people still laugh over that. Also laughable is the next lie: "We report, you decide." Since all stories are massaged, you get to "decide" based on the half truths and outright fibbing presented. The next lie in the framework? The rest of the mainstream media are left-leaning; Fox "News" is the antidote. (Which reinforces the fact that "Fair & Balanced" is just an empty slogan.) Want another? How's about the one that says, "We're they only station telling you about this," when "this" is total bullshit? However, the biggest lie Fox "News" ever cocooned itself within is its victimology: How it's just this little, upstart, beleaguered tee vee station, fighting for Mom, Apple Pie, and the 'Merkin Way™ against the vast onslought of the Evul Librul Left Wing media that won't tell 'Merka the truth about this Socialist President from Kenya.

Thinking people laugh, out loud and everything, but all of that mendacious victimology spoke to a certain segment of the country, those who considered themselves under the thumb of Big Gubmint. Those MoFos ate it up like flapjacks on Pancake Tuesday. During Nixon's (Ailes) day they'd be called The Silent Majority, but there was no name for the future Fox "News" audience in 1996. With the benefit of hindsight, it turns out the Fox "News" sheep were just nascent Teabaggers. Once Fox "News" realized this was its core audience, it heavily promoted Teabagger rallies on the channel, until they started to turn ugly. Then Fox defended them.

A gratuitous eye-catching headline to remind you about
Headlines Du Jour, available daily on your browser.
There is no denying that Fox "News" became a ratings juggernaut, when compared to other 24-hour news channels. When compared to SpongeBob SquarePants, not so much. But, there's no sense comparing apples to oranges because CNN and MSNBC are the only stations comparing their ratings with Fox. It's been a race to the bottom ever since because RATINGS!

So, CNN and MSNBC started trying to outdo Fox "News" in making the news about the news and not about the news they were supposed to be covering when covering news. And, that accounts for The Tee Vee Newsroom Race to the Bottom™. It didn't happen overnight, but the Malaysian Airliner tragedy is a new low for them all. Until the next time, of course.

It's far too simplistic to blame Fox "News," or MSNBC, or CNN, or even SpongeBob. However, it's not simplistic too blame YOU, the viewer. If you stopped watching that crap, they'd stop producing it. The only thing these stations are truly committed to -- once they decided that actually informing viewers was so old fashioned -- are bums in the seats. RATINGS!!! If they thought they could get ratings with a live camera feed of a drinking fountain, you'd be seeing that 24 hours a day.



* Something that qualifies me to criticize Fox "News," even though it's 'Merka's favourite parlour game, are the years I wrote for NewsHounds, the motto of which is "We watch Fox so you don't have to." Here is a compendium of my posts, written under the nom de plume of Aunty Em Ericann.

Headlines Du Jour ► Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello there, Headliners! Today's the birthday of Gloria Swanson, who loved the Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
Today's Headlines Du Jour is just waiting for you:

THE "O" IN GOP STANDS FOR OBSOLETE:


Republican Senators Slam John Boehner For Blocking Unemployment Benefits Extension

THINGS GO BETTER WITH KOCH:


Koch Power Raised Gasoline Prices
By 40 Cents A Gallon Overnight



SCOTUS WATCH:


How the Supreme Court Justices Reacted
to Today's Hobby Lobby Arguments


Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor and
Kagan come out swinging against
Hobby Lobby corporate religion claim


Sen. Barbara Boxer Wonders Why Hobby Lobby Defenders Aren’t Complaining About Viagra

Hobby Lobby's Shoppers Find New Hobby In Lobbying Against Hobby Lobby

16 Actual Supreme Court Cases with Hilariously Ridiculous Names

DEREGULATION? YOU'RE DRIVING IT:


WSJ Reports GM Expected Drivers With Bad Ignitions To Coast Out Of Traffic

NYT: General Motors Misled Grieving Families About Lethal Ignition Switch

FREE THE WEED:


Confessions Of A Pot-Smoking Police Officer, Firefighter And Youth Pastor

BONUS VIDEO DU JOUR:



MORE DISPATCHES FROM DETROIT, 'MERKA'S FIRST THROWAWAY CITY:


Downtown Detroit office building vacancy rate drops 7.7 percentage points from 2012

First new apartment project
in Detroit's business district
since 1992 gets DDA's OK


FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:





LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:





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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hello Headliners around the world -- and to all the ships at sea. How are you celebrating the birthday of Jack Ruby, the man who launched a million conspiracy theories? That's a lot of Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear. Here are some more:
Let's get right to today's Headlines Du Jour:

IN LGBT NEWS:


Ingham clerk asks
Holder for fed benefits
for married gay couples


MI Same-sex couples upset
agencies won't recognize
marriages: 'They're putting
our rights in jeopardy'


SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:


WATCH: Leader Of The
KKK Cites ‘Boom In
Membership’ Since 2008


Belgian Newspaper Accused Of Racism For Picture Of Obama And Michelle As Apes

SCOTUS WATCH:



FREE THE WEED!!!


5 Pro-Pot Myths
That Must Be Busted


NJ Senator Wants To
Legalize Marijuana, Use
Tax To Pay For Roads



Who would support this crazy MoFo for president?
Why, it's crazier MoFo Mark Koldys aka Johnny Dollar,
who went on to defend Fox News and cyber-bully me.

TODAY IN RELIGION:


Christian Right Has Major
Role in Hastening Decline
of Religion in America


Taxpayers fund creationism
in the classroom


Stop giving equal time
to pseudo-science!


Pat Robertson Suggests a
Woman's Atheism May
Be a Result of Rape or
Demonic Possession


TODAY'S EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:


Why America's Police Are Becoming So Militarized

THE NEWS IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


The 5 most horrifically embarrassing cable news
stories about Malaysia Airlines


Mika Brzezinski Gets Fed Up With Joe Scarborough
On Air And Takes Him To News School


IN INNER SPACE:


Forgetting keeps us sane

IN OUTER SPACE:


Why 'fireball season' is so spectacular this year

Yes, "Cosmos" Fans,
Creationists Also Deny
the Science of Comets


VIDEO DU JOUR:




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Monday, March 24, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Monday, March 24, 2014

Hello Headliners. Not now Silly celebrates the birthday of Harry Houdini with a seance. Houdini was not only fond of magic tricks, he loved the Headlines Du Jour from yesteryear:
No more magic tricks. Here's today's Headlines Du Jour:

IN LGBT NEWS:



What Judge Friedman learned about gay families from a lesbian law clerk


TODAY IN RELIGION:


THE "P" IN GOP STANDS FOR PERVERT:



This GOP Candidate For Governor
Is A Registered Sex Offender
With A Lengthy Criminal Past


FREE THE WEED!!!


Poll: 74 Percent of Floridians
Support Medical Marijuana


Marijuana industry finds unlikely
new allies in conservatives


ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORKS:


Twitter Turns 8: How To Fail In 140 Characters

◄ ◄ ABLOW JOB ► ►
Pull the plug on naked Twitter teens

◄ ◄ ABLOW JOB on NOT NOW SILLY ► ►
Today's Ablow Job ► "Dogs Love Fox"

BECK CORNER:


Creationist Glenn Beck Calls Noah
Film Dangerous Disinformation


◄ ◄ From the Not Now Sill Archives ►►
The Day I Shook Hands With Glenn Beck

No self-awareness whatsoever

LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


A conversation with Bill O’Reilly

IN INNER SPACE:


New genetic research shows we have more in common with Neanderthals than we thought

IN OUTER SPACE:


Alien Moons Could Bake
Dry from Young Gas
Giants' Hot Glow


Stanford: Big Bang tremors
may back physicist's universe-birth theory


VIDEO DU JOUR:




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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hello Headliners!!! You need not be a rocket scientist to know that today's the birthday of 'Merka's favourite Nazi, Wernher von Braun. While Werner was directly responsible for many Headlines Du Jour from yesteryear, he's indirectly responsible for what happened on this date in 1965 and 1983:
Without any further ado, whatever that is, let's get to today's Headlines Du Jour:

SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:


Why Are Black People
Nearly 4 Times as Likely
to Be Arrested for Weed?


‘Christian’ Militia Leader
NOW Networking Militias To Assassinate President Obama



IN LGBT NEWS:


LGBT community honors murdered lesbian
couple as investigation continues


FREE THE WEED!!!


NJ senator to introduce marijuana
legalization bill Monday


Michigan medical pot bills
would OK edibles, dispensaries


Colorado launches informational
marijuana website


Henry Ford’s Suppressed Hemp Car –
What We All Should Be Driving


ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:


LAPD Officer Raped Woman and then Dept.
Tried to Bury Case, Threatened her with Jail

A new lawsuit alleges that the Los Angeles police department
stonewalled a case of rape by one of its own.

THE "G" IN GOP STANDS FOR GULLIBLE:


Rand Paul’s “youth” snow job: Why he’ll never, ever, ever win over young voters

STREAMING OR STEAMING?


Netflix Just Opened the Door to
Paying ISPs More Access Fees


TODAY IN INCOME INEQUALITY:


Right Wing Billionaires Tell People Forget Income Inequality Worship Us Instead

ANOTHER DISPATCH FROM DETROIT, 'MERKA'S FIRST THROWAWAY CITY:


2 Car Thefts Push WSU Board Member Kim Trent Closer To Leaving ‘My Beloved City’

IN INNER SPACE:


DNA Mugshots Possible

IN OUTER SPACE:


Now you see it: Nasa spots Martian
gully that formed in just three years


Just After It All Began, the Universe Sent
Us a Text Message. We Just Decoded It.

Phil Plait explains the universe's sudden and dramatic
inflation…tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang.

VIDEO DU JOUR:




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